alexpop13's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Elizabeth
Beneficiary's Name: Alex
VJ Member: alexpop13
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2019-06-21
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Immigration Checklist for Elizabeth & Alex:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  


K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bucharest, Romania
I-129F Sent : 2015-10-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-11-09
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-12-09
NVC Received : 2015-12-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-12-22
NVC Left : 2015-12-22
Consulate Received : 2015-12-24
Packet 3 Received : 2015-12-29
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-01-04
Packet 4 Received : 2016-01-04
Interview Date : 2016-02-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-02-17
US Entry : 2016-06-30
Marriage : 2016-07-20
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 30 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 94 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Cleveland OH
Date Filed : 2016-08-03
NOA Date : 2016-08-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-11-09
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-01-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2017-02-02
Comments : Application approved without interview.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-08-03
NOA Date : 2016-08-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-11-09
Approved Date : 2016-10-12
Date Card Received : 2016-11-18
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-08-03
NOA Date : 2016-08-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2018-10-29
NOA Date : 2018-10-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-07-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Actual NOA date on notice is December 6, 2018 but I keep getting errors when I put this date.

October 30, 2018 is the date they received my package.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 17, 2016
Embassy Review : Got to the embassy 30 minutes earlier and we had to wait but it was a nice sunny weather. My interview was scheduled for 1 PM, and around 12:55 a guy from the security came out and invited us to go inside.

Once I was cleared by the security went to the second building where the Consulate is. At the first window I had to give my passport, one 2x2 inches picture and then I was told to take a seat and wait. I was called again to the same windows to give in my papers. Then I was sent to window 12 to pay the MRV fee which was payable either in USD or RON. I paid in USD and went back to window 1 with the receipt.
Afterwards I was called to windows 6 to take my fingerprints and invited again to take a seat and wait to be called by the Consul for the actual interview.

After another 10 minutes I heard my name and I had to go to Window 9. The US consul was such a nice lady and the interview was more like a conversation than an interview.
After I took the oath she asked me:
How did you meet?
How many times did you see each other?
Did you have any problems with the police?
Did you you live outside Romania more than 6 months?
What is she doing in the States?
Did you make specific wedding plans?
How did you propose?
You two make a cute couple. And that was it.
Everything looks okay and your visa is approved! You'll have it in 2-3 working days.
Got my visa after exactly 3 working days (I would have received it earlier but Monday was President's Day and the consulate was closed)

Since I had a tourist visa valid for 10 years, they cancelled it. My new visa is valid for 6 months from the date I took the medical.

POE will be in Detroit (DTW), June 30th.

(updated on February 26, 2016)
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2016-06-30
Embassy Review : POE was very smooth. I had to wait in "all passports" line for about 5 minutes because there was only 1 international flight arriving at 5 PM and I was pretty fast on my way to the US Customs and Border Protection. Once I was called and gave him the passport and the yellow envelope the officer asked:
"Why do you want to marry your fiancee?"
I replied: Because I love her very much
Officer: Wrong answer! (at that time I was pretty panicked) You should have said: Because she's the best in the whole world.
Me: Haha, obviously.
Officer: Let's take your fingerprints and then a picture.
I Did what he asked me and then he said: That's all, you will have to go into the back (secondary) where an officer will put your information in the system. Went into secondary and the officer that was there called my name after 5 minutes and he only asked me "when is the wedding going to be?" I replied and then he stamped my passport and said that's it.
Harassment Level : Low


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